What is a Recce?

Introduction

A "recce tour" is a tour organised by the Worldwide Birding Tours team, but can involve some uncertainties. By definition, we have not visited these areas previously and so cannot give the same quality guarantees as you are used to on other trips.

The advantage is that prices are based on our actual cost price, which means it may be of interest to you and your friends.
We have discussed every detail of this tour extensively with our ground agent and we are confident that with this combined effort this tour will be a great success

Impressions of Norway

34polarsnipe209-terjekolaasThis is our first tour to The Land of the Midnight Sun and we will be there when the sun never sets. Imagine 24 hours daylight and we are visiting here at the best possible birding period, which is between mid-May and mid-June. The evenings/nights have the most spectacular soft light when it is possible to go walking and birding in a wild but beautiful part of the world.
In this new "recce" tour we will visit Finnmark, the most northerly region of Norway which borders Russia and Finland and the Artic Ocean. Finnmark is the largest region in Norway covering 49k sqkms but is the lowest populated with 180k people giving a population density of just over 3 people per square kilometre. Finnmark is also the home of the Sami, who are Norways indeginous people. We will be going to two totally different areas each with very different habitats. We will start in the interior in and around the Pasvik National Park of 119 sqkms dominated by Siberian-like Taiga consisting of old-growth forests of Scots pine and birch, shallow lakes and bogs formed by the meltwater from the Ice Age.
Special CommentIt goes without saying that all our accommodation is of the usual very high standard as all Worldwide Birding Tours. This tour is relaxed and recommended if comfort and easy pace is required. On Day 4 we take the Hurtigruten Ferry across the Varangerfjorden to Vardo the capital of Finnmark. The Varanger Peninsular is considered in the Top 100 birding sites in the world. Here the land is unique in Europe and is surprisingly flat and barren. 23krykkje-0457The Tundra vegetation is dominated by mires and moors, with rolling hills separated by broad river valleys and no trees except in the south. The most dramatic landscapes are the steep cliffs plunging down to the Arctic Ocean and covered in birds. In between these cliffs are shallow bays with beautiful sandy beaches.
We will be visiting all these habitats as well as driving to the old abandoned fishing village of Hamningberg where the birding is unique. We are also going on a boat to the world famous island of Hornoya for yet another birding sightseeing feast.

We will be guaranteed to see Reindeer, and we will probably see Moose. Other probable mammals are Otter, Grey and Common Seals, Harbour Porpoise, Red Squirrel, Red Fox and Brown Bear. With some luck we may see Beaver, Musk Rat, Arctic Fox, Beluga and Killer Whales..

We know that our guests appreciate getting a "feel" of the local culture and so we are arranging these boat trips as well some lunches will be in local cafes.
All our guests always have regular options, either join-in with the tour group birding and wildlife viewing or opt-out and enjoy your own company. You, the client, have choices unlike with so many other group tours!
Reserving your place is both easy and inexpensive. A deposit of € 250 is all we require! Book online...

Facts and Travel Tips

Tour Map of Norway

Tour Description Norway

Photo Gallery Norway

Norway Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    26th May - 2nd of June 2014
  • Price 2014
    € 2.250 p.p.
    € 300 Single supplement.
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport, ferry and boattrip, full-time guiding, and airport transfers
  • Excludes
    International and domestic flights, insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour-party
    Minimum 6, maximum 8 fellow travellers
  • Your flight planning
    The tour starts at mid-day in Kirkenes on 26th May, and ends there at mid-day 2nd June.  There are regular flights to and from Oslo.
    For those who wish to arrive early we can arrange hotel accommodation in Kirkenes.

Norway Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Svanhovd Miljosenter - Arrival at Kirkenes – Drive to Pasvik Valley
  • Day 2 - Svanhovd Miljosenter - Birding the Pine Forests and Extensive Wetlands of the Ovre Pasvik National Park
  • Day 3 - Vardo Hotel - Drive to Kirkenes, transfer by Hurtigruten Ferry to Vardo
  • Day 4 - Vardo Hotel - Birding the Varanger Peninsular Tundra
  • Day 5 - Vardo Hotel - Birding the Varanger Peninsular Tundra
  • Day 6 - Vardo Hotel - Boat trip to Hornoya Island
  • Day 7 - Vardo Hotel - Drive to Hamningberg Fishing Village and then onto the High Tundra
  • Day 8 - Drive from Vardo to Kirkenes Airport - Departure

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Read about our experiences, visiting Vardo, northeast of Norway and the Hornoya Island (see photo)

Meet your Tour Guide for Norway

anders_maeland02Anders Faugstad Mæland of Din-Tur, has been a birder since his childhood in the late 80`s, and has since then been known as one of the most successful rarity-finders in Norway. Willet, Harlequin Duck and Semipalmated Plover are only a few of many extraordinary records norwegian twitchers can thank this man for. Mæland is educated as a nature conservationist, and has done field work and surveys for many big bird related projects in Norway. He is also a skilled ringer, and has been in charge for the ringing activity on Jomfruland Ringing Station in Telemark for years. From 2012 he is the main ringer on the newly established ringing station near Nesseby in Varanger. Besides birding Norway, Mæland also enjoy birding abroad - mentioning Thailand among his favourite birding destinations abroad.